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Hoover Tower, Palo Alto

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Hoover Tower is a 285ft structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower also houses the Hoover Institution research center and think tank.Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr.The first nine floors of the tower are library stacks and the next three floors are used for offices. Exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time upon invitation by Stanford University before he moved in 1976.Hoover Tower receives approximately 200 visitors per day, and a nominal fee is charged for non-students or non-faculty. The observation deck platform is 250ft above the ground, and provides an expansive view of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. On clear days it is possible to see all the way to the distant skyline of San Francisco. The tower's observation deck is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed during academic breaks and finals.
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  • Visiting the Bay Area Stanford should be on everyone’s list. The beautiful campus, free museums, world class sports teams and an accessible tour twice a day. The only U.S. President, yet, Stanford has...  more »
  • Should you visit Stanford don't miss the view from the top of Hoover Tower. As a child growing up in Palo Alto we would ride our bikes to the tower and throw paper airplanes. The view gives you access...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place, the landscape is impressive and you can get great pictures. The ticket for entrance is very cheap  more »
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  • Visiting the Bay Area Stanford should be on everyone’s list. The beautiful campus, free museums, world class sports teams and an accessible tour twice a day. The only U.S. President, yet, Stanford has to show for and one of the first graduates of this prestige institution donated a collection of his pre-presidential work to the landmark library with the benefit of visitors being able to, on a clear day, admire the whole Bay up to San Francisco. If you aren’t accompanied by a Stanford student the fee to go up the tower is $4 for adults. Your backpacks have to wait by the entrance. Make sure to visit the museum on the ground floor. the tribute to Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover lays out the life and challenges of the 31st President of The United States.
  • All tourist like take a picture in front of this tower , also paid option you can go top in this tower and enjoy full university view
  • Great view on Stanford! Free for Stanford affiliates and their guests (up to ~5 guests)
  • I went there in the night so I was just able to walk around and take pictures. The tower is pretty majestic and you can see it from a distance.
  • Even the air of Stanford makes you feel smarter!

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